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The Toledo News-Bee Jan. 4, 1907


Fifty Other Lines Also Under Ban – Standard Oil Company Again in Role of Favorite

Washington, D. C., Jan. 4 – Discrimination in favor of the Standard Oil company by railroads against other shippers is charged in a petition and complaint filed Thursday with the interstate commerce commission by the National Petroleum association against the Ann Arbor Railroad company and 50 other lines constituting the Central Traffic association, the Trunk Line association and the New England territory.

The Evening Argus Jan. 17, 1907


Big Undertaking Are Contemplated By Ann Arbor

Erection of Roller Mill at Menominee Carries Great Projects With It.

Menominee, Mich., Jan. 17 – The erection of a $100,000 steel rolling mill in this city, the absorption of the Ann Arbor railroad and John R. Walsh's Wisconsin & Michigan railroad are some of the big undertakings said to be contemplated by a big syndicate now being formed by Cincinnati, Chicago, Milwaukee and local capitals. It is also planned to extend the Ann Arbor line to the Iron country, 100 miles north, to obtain material for the rolling mill.

The Evening Argus Jan. 17, 1907


Ann Arbor R.R. Springs a Coup

Trains at Toledo Will Use the Union Station Hereafter

Toledo, O., Jan. 17. – A great surprise was sprung in railroad circles today when it was announced that the Ann Arbor railroad will begin using the Union station as a passenger terminal next Sunday. This means that the magnificent Ann Arbor station on Cherry street, will be virtually abandoned. Incidentally, J. J. Kirby, general passenger agent, has scored a great coup on the direct competition of the Ann Arbor, the Pere Marquette. This is the subject of discussion in railroad circles today. Next Sunday, all Ann Arbor trains, except the accommodation train, due in Toledo at 9 a. m. will arrive and depart from this city from the Union station. This train operates between Toledo and Ann Arbor, and carries considerable family to this city from small Michigan towns. Passenger agents here believe this to be a good move on the part of the Ann Arbor because it gives that road direct connection with all southbound trains entering Toledo.

There are only two roads that do not now enter the Union Station, the Pere Marquette and C. H. & D. Heretofore the only Michigan railroad which has been able to get business on the argument that it was not necessary to change stations in Toledo was the Michigan Central. The Ann Arbor and P. M. are the greatest competitors, as they compete at a large number of the upper Michigan summer resorts and at many Michigan points. In the future all Ann Arbor trains will leave their tracks at Alexis, Michigan for Toledo.

The Toledo News-Bee Jan. 19, 1907

Ann Arbor Railroad Trains Will Use Union Depot

Commencing Sunday, January 20th, Ann Arbor railroad through trains will arrive at and depart from Union Depot, stopping at Wagon Works and West Toledo to and from Toledo. There will be no change of time. Trains will leave Union Station 7:40 a. m. and 3:10 p. m. and arrive from north att 12:55 p. m. and 9:00 p. m. The trains leaving Toledo 7:40 a. m. and arriving at 9:00 p. m. are daily trains; the others daily except Sunday. Ann Arbor accommodation trains, due to arrive Toledo at 9:00 a. m. and to leave at 10:55 a. m. will continue to use the Ann Arbor station, corner Cherry and Seneca streets. For full information, phone General Passenger Agent's office, Home 2764, Bell 301, or Union Depot Ticket office, Home 2592.

The Evening Argus Jan. 22, 1907


Ann Arbor Line Closes Menominee Route For the Winter

Marionette, Wis., Jan. 22. – Navigation has been officially declared closed by the local lighthouse tenders and the local light will be put out and the fog whistle dismantled for the winter. The lights at Green island, Chamber's island and Sherwood point will also be put out. The action of the lighthouse tenders is due to a telegram from the Ann Arbor offices at Frankfort saying that the company has decided to discontinue the Menominee run for the winter, as it would be practically impossible to send the boats through the heavy ice that has been formed on Green Bay. The Peshtigo – Chicago car ferry service has also been discontinued.

The Toledo News-Bee Jan. 27, 1907

The case of the city of Toledo against the Ann Arbor railroad will also be heard. This is a case where the city proceeds against the railroad company for raising the grade of its tracks near Columbus and Summit streets in such a way as to disturb the established grade of the city on certain streets in the vicinity.

The Evening Argus Jan. 29, 1907

Conductor C. A. Randall,Engineer John Fauble, Brakeman Emmett Elwell and Fireman Frank Nevins are back from Alma where they have been the crew of the Ann Arbor switch engine at the sugar factory.

The Toledo News-Bee Jan. 30, 1907


Attorneys Attack Indictments in Ice Cases


Demurrer of Ann Arbor Taken Under Advisement by Judge Tayler in Federal Court

Arguments on the demurrer of the Ann Arbor railroad to the indictment of the federal grand jury in the ice cases were concluded in the United States court on Thursday. Attorneys Smith & Beckwith for the Ann Arbor made the same arguments in defense of their demurrer as were made in the case of the Standard Oil company recently at Chicago and which were overruled by Judge Landis. The contention of the corporation attorneys are that when the Hepburn law was passed last summer, it wiped out all offenses under the old or Elkins law, and that as the offenses charged against the Ann Arbor predated the passage of the Hepburn bill, the government has now no case except in such instances as when prosecution was begun before the repeal of the older law.

Attacked Indictments

Attorney Smith also attacked the indictment claiming there was nothing to show that the Ann Arbor company had actually given to the Tole3do Ice & Coal company a rebate of 20 cents a ton on ice from Whitmore. MR. SMITH ADMITTED THAT THERE MIGHT BE EVIDENCE SUCH AS WAY BILLS TO SHOW THAT THE COMPANY MIGHT HAVE INTENDED TO GIVE REBATES, BUT THAT OFFENCES WERE NO SET FORTH. District Attorney J. J. Sullivan spoke briefly for the government. I f Judge Tayler overrules the demurrer, as was done by Judge Landis in the similar case, the decision will greatly strengthen the hands of the government in its prosecution for rebating. J. Kent Hamilton appeared for the Toledo Ice & Coal company. He submitted a brief without oral argument. Virtually the same defense is made as that of the Ann Arbor company.

The Evening Argus Feb. 2, 1907




Assessed to Pay Sum of Fifteen Thousand Dollars

Toledo, Feb. 2. – In the United States district court Friday,the Ann Arbor railroad, through its vice-president, Frank A. Durbin, of Zanesville, O., pleaded guilty to six counts of the indictments recently returned against the road by the United States grand jury, and was fined $15,000 by judge Robert W. Taylor.

This action on the part of the Ann Arbor was the most surprising in the history of the Toledo federal courts, and no aside from John J. Sullivan, United States district attorney, and the vice-president of the Ann Arbor railroad, knew of the action until one hour within the adjournment of the court.

Disclaims Responsibility

Frank A. Durbin, vice-president of the road, pleaded before the court in behalf of the defendant that the present organization was not responsible for the acts in violation of the inter state commerce law committed before the Ann Arbor was sold. He attempted to show to the court that the new organization of the Ann Arbor had no knowledge that the Elkins law had violated. The officials of the Ann Arbor at first wanted to plead guilty to one count of the indictment. District Attorney Sullivan said “no.” The Ann Arbor then wanted to plead guilty to six counts and be assessed the minimum fine of $1.00 each. Sullivan said “no,” and would would recommend to the court that the Ann Arbor be fined a sufficient sum of money to comport with the dignity of the case. The Ann Arbor officials agreed to this. The Ann Arbor was thus convicted on shipments of ice from Whitmore Lake, Mich., to Toledo, in the years of 1904-5, because they were alleged to have granted rebates to the Toledo Ice & Coal Co. The Ann Arbor was found guilty for granting a concession of 20 cents per ton on ice from Michigan to Toledo, and also for loading their refrigerator cars with more than 40,000 pounds to a car. These were the two charges upon which they pleaded guilty. The fine will be paid at the United States district court immediately after a board of directors' meeting of the Ann Arbor, which will held in a few days.

The Railway Age Vol. 43 page 296

Ann Arbor has concluded arrangements with the American Locomotive Company for 4 Atlantic (4-4-2) type locomotives and 6 consolidation (2-8-0) type freight locomotives.

Ann Arbor has placed an order with the Pullman Company for 4 first-class coaches.

The Toledo News-Bee Feb. 18, 1907


C. M. Cornwell, formerly roadmaster of the Monon railroad, has been appointed general roadmaster of the Ann Arbor and Detroit, Toledo & Ironton roads, with headquarters in this city.

Joseph Wanbeck has been appointed resident engineer, the office of chief engineer having been abolished.

This the first time in the history of the Ann Arbor that it has had a general roadmaster. This announcement by General Manager George K. Lowell means the relaying of the entire system with new 85-pound steel rails.

The Benzie Banner Feb. 21, 1907

Owosso Feb. 18-The Ann Arbor rail road will improve the line this summer. The entire railroad will be gravel ballasted from Toledo to Frankfort, four modern coaches have been ordered from the Pullman company, four passenger engines of the Atlantic type have been ordered, and six consolidated freight engines will also be added. All trains will be vestibuled. The reason for this improvement is the plan to install a short line between St. Paul and Norfolk saving about 300 miles.

The Benzie Banner Feb. 28, 1907

(Benzonia) The freight depot is being torn down and a larger one will be built

The Toledo News-Bee March 17, 1910


The Ann Arbor railroad has been sold.

Positive announcement of the sale which has been rumored for the past several weeks, was made in Toledo on Wednesday afternoon by Eugene Zimmerman of Cincinnati, who with H. B. Hollins & Co., of New York, controlled the property. Mr. Zimmerman spent a few hours in Toledo on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Zimmerman refused to disclose the identity of the new owners of the property. “I am not interested in who got the road,” he said. “What I wanted was the dust,” he said. Mr. Zimmerman has resigned the presidency of the road, his resignation to take effect on April 1.


Another announcement of almost equal interest to the business world was made byb Mr. Zimmerman when he said the sale of the Ann Arbor was the first step in a plan he has made to dispose of all of his railroad interests and to retire from from active business life. Mr. Zimmerman is in the seventies, but is apparently as active as most men of 50 years. He proposes to retire now and enjoy the millions he has made. The positive announcement of the passing of the Ann Arbor to new owners explains the recent announcement that Joseph Ramsey, jr., former president of the Wabash railroad, is to succeed Mr. Zimmerman as head of the Ann Arbor. Col. Zimmerman says that his son-in-law and daughter, the duke and duchess of Manchester, will spend a day in seeing Toledo before returning to Europe.

The Evening Argus Mar. 27, 1907


Small Avalanche Ties Up the road Road Near Lake George

Lake George, Mich., March 27 – A big land slide on the Ann Arbor railroad, near this place early Monday blocked traffic for a considerable distance and held up passenger train No. 2. A brakeman walk in here and wired Owosso for help. A train was made up there and is on the way to take on the belated passengers. The slide occurred in a deep cut, the earth being loosened by heavy rains.

The Toledo News-Bee March 30, 1907


In the case of the United States against the Ann Arbor Railroad company, charging the company with violation of the federal pneumatic coupling law attorneys for the railroad company filed a demurrer on Saturday, attacking the constitutionality of the law.

The Benzie Banner April 4, 1907


Zimmerman Says He Fears Hostile Legislation

Eugene Zimmerman, president of .he Ann Arbor and the Detroit, Toledo ft Ironton railroads, declares himself In favor of federal control of the railroads. He views with some alsrm the present wave of hostile legislation which Is being enacted In various states.

He said. "Labor is demanding a high price, and is very independent; various states are passing arbitrarily laws, and the public is so suspicious of railroad securities, that the money 1 cannot be raised to carry on needed work, except at excessive rates of Interest.

"On my two roads, the Ann Arbor and the Detroit. Toledo & Ironton, much Improvements which were to have been made have been countermanded. We had work of cutting down grades laid out, building twenty mile of new roads and the erection of extensive docks at Toledo and Detroit. all of which has been stopped. Proposed new ferry lines across the lakes also have been abandoned.

The Owosso Times April 12, 1907

By a vote of 91 to1, the two cent tail road fare bill passed the house yesterday.

The Evening Argus April 13, 1907

Operating Department of An Arbor and D. T. & I.

Will Lose a Few Families in Consequence.

Toledo Blade Col Eugene Zimmerman, president of the Ann Arbor and the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton railroads, will leave Friday for San Francisco, where he will meet his daughter, the Duchess of Manchester, and her husband, en route to their home in England after an extended tour of the Orient. Accompanied by Col Zimmerman the titled couple will then across the continent to New York and will immediately sail for home, Col Zimmerman will then return to Toledo to arrange his business affairs preparatory to his departure for Ireland on May 13. He will join the Duke and Duchess of Manchester on then Irish estate and remain with them until about July 1, when he will return home.

Regarding the removal of general offices of the Ann Arbor and the D, T. & I. to Detroit about May 1. ,Col. Zimmerman said today that that Toledo will lose by the removal in insignificant compared to what the city will gain by the concentration of the headquarters of operating departments here. Toledo will be made the headquarter, of both the Ann Arbor and the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton, that of the former now being at Owosso, Mich., and the latter at Jackson, Ohio. The offices to be located here include those of the superintends, the heads of the mechanical departments and the car service departments. It is figured that these offices will fill most of the space in the Ann Arbors Cherry Street building occupied by the executive, traffic and accounting departments.

The Owosso Times May 24, 1907

Beginning with next week the early morning Ann Arbor train north will carry mail, as will the late train train south at night. This will be a great convenience to the towns towns north of Owosso.

The Toledo News-Bee June 2, 1908


City Solicitor Northup was authorized by council on Monday night to commence action against the Ann Arbor Railway company in United States court to compel the company to lower its grade across Ohio street. The railroad crossing is so far above the street grade as make a sort of hill at the crossing.

The Evening Argus June 8, 1907


Grand Jury Returns 23 Accounts Against Ann Arbor Officially Charged With Discriminating In Rates and Weights From Whitmore Lake

Toledo, O., June 7 – The federal grand jury this afternoon returned an indictment containing 23 counts against W. H. Bennett, formerly general freight agent of the Ann Arbor railroad, on a charge of having violated the Elkins law, which prohibits the granting of secret rebates on shipments carried by railroads. A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest. The Elkins law provides a fine of not less than $1,000 and not more than $20,000 for conviction on each count, therefore if Bennett is convicted he can be fined $430,000 by federal court. Bennett was indicted on charges of having known of granting of a rate of 30 cents a ton in January, 1905, on shipments of ice from Whitmore Lake, Mich., to the Toledo Ice & Coal Co. instead of adhering to the to the regular rate of 50 cents per ton filed with the interstate commerce commission. This is a discrimination against other ice dealers. This is charged in five counts. The remaining 18 counts allege that Bennett knew that railroad cars were loaded with ice consigned to the Toledo Ice Co., in excess of 40,000 pounds per car, the maximum car weight, when as mater of fact, the indictment charges the contained greater quantities, 61,000 in some instances. With the rate discrimination and weight discrimination the double rebate system was formed. Judge Taylor adjourned the grand jury until September, when the cases against other railroad officials and the ice company charged with rebating will be taken up.

The Benzie Banner June 20, 1907

The Ping-Pong Starts Monday

Agent Reemtsen informs us that the ping pong starts for the summer run on Monday. That means that summer is here and that we can get to Frankfort and back when we please

The Toledo News-Bee June 25, 1908


On Wednesday afternoon Judge Tayler, of the United States court, granted a restraining order to the Ann Arbor railroad against Foster Simmons; who is enjoined from “scalping” the tickets of this company. Simmons will have a hearing on July 1.

The Owosso Times June 28, 1907

A Train of new Pullman coaches to be used on the Ann Arbor road arrived in Owosso Tuesday after noon. The train consists of two cafe cars and two first class coaches for ordinary travel.

The Toledo News-Bee June 29, 1907


Two new coaches, two new cafe cars and two new parlor cars, costing in the neighborhood of $80,000, were added to the equipment of the Ann Arbor Railroad company on Saturday. The addition of this equipment means two new trains between Toledo and Frankfort. One train, composed of a new coach, a cafe and parlor cars, will leave the Union depot for Frankfort at 7:28 a. m. daily. The other train will leave Frankfort at 10 a. m., arriving here at 9 p. m. The new equipment is said to be among the finest that runs out of the union depot.

The Benzie Banner July 4, 1907

The Conductor of the “ping” reported the largest rider attendants on the 4th he can remember.

The Owosso Times July 26, 1907

On Sunday, July 14, what came near being a forerunner of the Plymouth wreck was narrowly averted on the Ann Arbor Railroad at Azalia. The crew of the excursion train, bound north in the evening, after spending the day in Toledo, misread the orders, and ran by the station where the manager's special, southbound, should have been met. The trains approached each other rapidly, but it happened to be on a piece of straight track. The engineers perceived the the danger, and stopped before the trains were in collision. The excursion crew has been laid off, pending an investigation.

The Owosso Times July 26, 1907

Ann Arbor Conductor Henry Ocker man, of Owosso, acted as a pilot on Monday for a Pere Marquette passenger train which was compelled, on account of a wreck at Webberville, to use the Ann Arbor tracks from Annpere to Durand, and the Grand Trunk Durand to Trowbridge before it could get back on its own line again.

The Evening Argus July 30, 1897



Durand, Mich., July 10th – Special – Superintendent A. B. Atwater, of the Grand Trunk, and General Manager Ashley, of the Ann Arbor road, were in the city looking over the water situation. The gentlemen, particularly Mr. Atwater, are urging the village authorities to increase their supply of water. A plan has bee proposed to get water from the Shiawassee river, near Bancroft, four miles distant.

The Owosso Times Aug. 2, 1907

Ann Arbor Passenger Train off Track

Because of the fact that the train was running slowly what might have been a serious wreck on the Ann Arbor was averted Tuesday afternoon just after the train train due here at 5 p. m. left Cadillac. As it was, the engine, baggage and mail car and one coach were tipped over and the train delayed for a number of hours. Fortunately mo one was seriously injured.

The Owosso Times Aug. 9, 1907

Superintendent Bradley Removes to Toledo

Increasing business of the Ann Arbor railroad and the necessity of being located where he could better look after it and the business comes comes from the Detroit, Toledo and Ironton, have complied Superintendent W. F. Bradley and family to remove to Toledo to reside . Mr. Bradley has long been with with the Ann Arbor and is known as one of its best officials. The removal of himself and family is greatly regretted in Owosso.

The Toledo News-Bee Aug. 14, 1907


W. R. Bennett Taken in Charge by Marshal.

Capins Was Issued by Federal Judge – Bennett Declares No Crime Was Committed.

If there was anything wrong about way bills, if I had been guilty of any crime, do you suppose the bills would have been left where federal officers found them. Everything was as straight as a string. If it hadn't been I wouldn't be here now.” This was the declaration of W. R. Bennett, former assist and general freight agent of the Ann Arbor railroad, who is under indictment by the federal grand jury for conspiracy in restraint of trade. He is accused of having favored the Toledo Ice and Coal company in which he was interested, in the matter of ice shipments from Whitmore Lake to Toledo.

Eluded the Officers.

Bennett was arrested on Tuesday afternoon by deputy United States marshals on a capins issued by Federal Judge Tayler. For a long time the federal sleuths have been looking for Bennett, who, up to Tuesday, had succeeded in eluding them. Since the ice prosecutions in both federal and local courts, Bennett has been spending most of his time in Columbus, where he is engaged in the coal business. It was discovered on Tuesday morning that he was in Toledo. United States District Attorney Sullivan was communicated with at once at Cleveland, and Assistant District Attorney Gary came to Toledo. Bennett was placed under arrest be fore United Sates Commissioner Gaines, where his bond was fixed at $5,000. Joseph Miller of the Toledo Ice and Coal company and J. M. Steenberg of the Pennsylvania Railroad company went on the bond.

Only Personal Indictment

Bennett is the only person connected with the “ice trust” against whom a personal indictment was returned. He was indicated on 23 counts for rebating. This is the same offense for which the Ann Arbor company was fined $15,000 by Judge R. W. Tayler on a plea of guilty to six counts for rebating on ice. It is probable that Bennett will be arraigned at the special term of the federal court in September, and will probably be tried during the December term. His bond calls for his appearance in court from day to day. Mr. Bennett declares that he will fight the case to the bitter end. The principal evidence that the government has against him is in the form of way bills, showing that the figures giving the actual weight of ice in cars were changed, indicating that the Toledo Ice and Coal company had received many thousands of pounds of ice on which no freight charges were paid. The charges on these bills are not in Bennett's handwriting, and his defense will be that they were not changed on orders by him, and that he does not know anything about them or how they came to be changed.

The Evening Argus Aug. 22, 1907

Ann Arbor Notes

Fireman F. Burns was taken sick while on a trip on No. 51 and had to leave the engine at Ann Arbor. He will be compelled to lay off for several days.

Floyd Hess, the local clerk on Nos. 2 and 3, visited his parents in McBain last week.

Louis Johnson left Tuesday for Toledo to resume his duties as stenographer for Supt. Bradley and Chief Clerk Frank Roth.

Brakeman George Campbell is taking a brief vacation and will spend it visiting his mother at Mt. Pleasant.

Conductor William Miller is on a passenger run between Mt. Pleasant and Cadillac.

Engineer David Pendergrast has gone to Crystal Lake for an outing.

The Owosso Times Aug. 23, 1907

Concrete abutments are being built for the Ann Arbor R. R. bridge at Vernon.

Railroad Gazette August 27, 1907

The Ann Arbor has prices on 100 freight cars.

Railroad Gazette September 6, 1907

The headquarters of W. F. Bradley, Superintendent, have been moved from Owosso, Mich., to Toledo, Ohio.

The Benzie Banner Sept. 12, 1907

The suburban train between here and Frankfort was taken off Sunday. Winter will soon be here.

The Owosso Times Sept. 20, 1907

Two large new engines were added to the equipment of the Ann Arbor R. R. this week.

The Evening Argus Oct. 3, 1907


Held Up Excursion Train Two Hours at Vernon

Vernon, Mich., Oct. 4 – The annual excursion to Ohio on the Ann Arbor railroad was delayed at this station for about hours by a broken axle and hot box under one of the passenger coaches. The coach bumped along on the railroad ties for some distance before it was discovered and the train stopped. Two of the damaged coaches were taken from the train and placed on the side track before the train could continue on its way. Luckily no one was hurt, although it was rough riding for a little while to passengers in the damaged coaches. The accident happen shortly before the morning train went north, and the south bound train was delayed for about the same time as the excursion train, as the trains could not pass till the damaged coaches were removed from the main line track.

Railroad Gazette October 4, 1907

Detroit, Toledo & Ironton W. G. Wallace, Superintendent of motive Power of this road and of the Ann Arbor , has resigned.

The Owosso Time Oct. 4, 1907

Detroit, Oct. 3. – Eugene Zimmerman, president of the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton, was in the city Wednesday for the first tmie since his return from his long visit to his son-in-law, the Duke of Manchester.

my attention,” he said, “has been called to a dispatch from Cadillac, stating there eas to be a shake up on the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton and Mr. Harry W. Ashley was to be appointed assistant to the president. I can assure you the is not a word of truth in it.

There is no shake up contemplated,” he continued emphatically. “General Manager George K. Lowell has admirably managed the property. Under his administration the earnings have increased and operating expenses decreased, a showing gratifying to any man who holds stock in a railroad enterprise. Not only that, but the men on the lines forming the system of the Detroit, Toledo & Iron have been working in in perfect harmony with with him and it is not right to disturb that that condition. As a matter of fact I fully expect to see Mr. Lowell president some day. I